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Reshaping Adolescents’ Gender Attitudes: Evidence from a School-Based Experiment in India

Professor Jayachandran (in collaboration with Diva Dhar and Tarun Jain) evaluates an intervention in India that engaged high school students in classroom discussions aimed at eroding their support for restrictive gender norms.

Using a randomized controlled trial, she finds that the program made attitudes 0.18 standard deviations more supportive of gender equality. The effects observed in the short run were still present two years after the program had ended.  Register Here


Seema Jayachandran

Seema Jayachandran is a Professor of Economics at Northwestern University. Her research focuses on economic issues in developing countries, including environmental conservation, gender equality, labor markets, health, and education.

She is a recipient of a Sloan Research Fellowship, National Science Foundation Early Career Development Award, and the Ecological Society of America’s Sustainability Science Award. Professor Jayachandran currently serves on the board of directors for the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) and is the chair of J-PAL’s gender sector.

She is co-editor for the American Economic Journal: Applied Economics and co-director of the National Bureau of Economic Research’s program in Development Economics. In addition, she writes regularly for The New York Times as a contributor to the Economic View column.

Prior to joining Northwestern, she was a faculty member at Stanford University. She earned a Ph.D in economics from Harvard University, a master’s degree in physics and philosophy from the University of Oxford (where she was a Marshall Scholar), and a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from MIT.